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As the holidays approach, ITS reminds you to be aware of seasonal scams and malware campaigns.

  • Be wary of fraudulent social media pleas, calls, texts, websites, and door-to-door solicitations for donations to charities.
    • Do some research online about the charity.
    • Be careful how you pay.
    • Keep scammers’ tricks in mind.

    Read more: How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams

  • Use caution when browsing the internet, shopping online, and using email.

    Read more: US Computer Emergency Readiness Team’s shopping online article

  • Be aware of “Utility Scams.”

    In this scam, someone scares you by calling or coming by your house and saying that your power or other utilities will be cut off unless you pay. The caller will often pressure you to pay immediately by using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

    Never give your personal or banking information to an unverified or unsolicited caller.

    Never allow anyone into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment or reported a problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification before letting them enter.

    Read more: Better Business Bureau Tip: Utility Imposter Scam

 

Think you are a victim of a scam?

If you believe you are a victim of a scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions: